Scotland County teen charged in Vance shooting


Victim treated, released Thursday

Staff report



Scott Witten | The Laurinburg Exchange The Laurinburg Police Department spent Thursday afternoon investigating a Vance Street shooting that injured 19-year-old Teon Thomas of East Laurinburg.


LAURINBURG — Police arrested 19-year-old Benjamin McKay on Thursday night in connection with a shooting earlier in the day at Vance Street and South Caledonia Road.

Shortly before noon on Thursday, officers responded to reports of gunshots near Vance Convenience store, commonly known as Horne’s. They found East Laurinburg resident Teon Thomas, 19, who had suffered gunshot wounds.

Thomas was treated and released from Scotland Memorial Hospital on Thursday.

“We are currently conducting an investigation and following up leads,” said Assistant Chief Cliff Sessoms of the Laurinburg Police Department. “We believe this is an ongoing situation between two groups.”

Later on Thursday afternoon, officers located McKay, of Ninth Street in East Laurinburg, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

McKay was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.

According to N.C. Department of Public Safety records, McKay has prior convictions for larceny and resisting an officer. Last month, Thomas was convicted of a 2015 charge of carrying a concealed weapon, a felony. In 2014, he was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor, carrying a concealed weapon, and communicating threats.

On Tuesday, the manager and two employees at Vance Convenience, near the site of Thursday’s shooting, were arrested and charged with selling synthetic marijuana at the store.

Scott Witten | The Laurinburg Exchange The Laurinburg Police Department spent Thursday afternoon investigating a Vance Street shooting that injured 19-year-old Teon Thomas of East Laurinburg.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_crime-scene-IMG_1351.jpgScott Witten | The Laurinburg Exchange The Laurinburg Police Department spent Thursday afternoon investigating a Vance Street shooting that injured 19-year-old Teon Thomas of East Laurinburg.
Victim treated, released Thursday

Staff report

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